His real name is Toshio Manahan, but everyone calls him “Japino” because he’s half-Japanese, half-Filipino. Japino reveals the troubling world of adolescence we are all familiar with. The setting is Garsaponga, a rural village in the tropical mountains of the Philippines, where guerrilla warfare rages and corruption reigns.
Yoichi Funado is the reigning monarch of the contemporary political thriller in Japan. No Japanese novelist is better acquainted with independence and resistance movements currently active around the world. Funado has received various awards from the Japan Adventure Writing Association, Japan Mystery Writers Association, and a Yoshikawa Eiji Prize and Yamamoto Shugoro Prize for suspense writing. He has translated Dashiell Hammett and has written original script for the popular manga series Golgo 13.